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  • Page 1 of 26 01/15/07

    How To Capture Screen Shots Using FastStone Capture Version 5.2

    Table Of Contents Pg. # 1. Installation..............................................................................................................................2 2. Default Settings......................................................................................................................2 3. Steps Required for Each Capture........................................................................................5 4. Output Options ......................................................................................................................5 5. Capture Active Window [Shift+PrtSc]................................................................................8 6. Capture Window or Object [Alt+PrtSc] .............................................................................9 7. Capture Rectangular Region [Ctrl+PrtSc] .......................................................................10 8. Capture a Freehand Region [Shift+Ctrl+PrtSc] ..............................................................12 9. Capture a Full Screen [PrtSc] ............................................................................................13 10. Capture a Scrolling Window [Ctrl+Alt+PrtSc]................................................................14 11. Run FastStone Capture when Windows Starts ................................................................15 12. The FastStone Capture Capture Panel .............................................................................16 13. Use the FastStone Capture Editor .....................................................................................18 14. Use the Hotkeys....................................................................................................................24 15. Capture an Image from a Slide Show that is Running....................................................24 16. The Screen Magnifier..........................................................................................................25 17. The Color Picker..................................................................................................................26

    What Is FastStone Capture?

    FastStone Capture is a program that can be used to capture screen images that you want to place in a document, a brochure, an e-mail message, a slide show and for lots of other things. You can even use it to capture images from a slide show while the slide show is running.

    FastStone Capture is a powerful, flexible and intuitive screen-capture utility. It allows you to capture anything that is on your computer screen including windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows. It has innovative features such as a floating Capture Panel, hotkeys, resizing, cropping, text annotation, image editing, printing, e-mailing, screen magnifier and many more. Once FastStone Capture is active, the screen capture features can be activated by using the Floating Capture Panel or Keyboard shortcuts (Hotkeys).

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    How To Capture Screen Shots Using FastStone Capture Version 5.2

    1. Installation A. Source:

    1. You can install FastStone Screen Capture directly from the Digital Images - Basic and beyond CD, by navigating to FastStone Screen Capture menu page and clicking on the Install button, or

    2. You can install if from the FastStone Web site by either: a. Using your web browser to go to the FastStone Web site (www.FastStone.Org) and by

    navigating to and clicking on the FastStone Screen Capture Download button, or b. By navigating to FastStone Screen Capture menu page on the Digital Images - Basic and

    beyond CD and clicking on the Download button B. Install:

    1. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to install FastStone Capture 2. An icon will automatically be placed on your desktop during the installation process

    2. Default Settings A. Introduction:

    1. If you are in a hurry to get started using FastStone Capture, you can skip this section completely and come back to it later if you have questions about the various default settings

    2. In this section of this tutorial, I will show how to open the Settings dialog box, and I will give a brief explanation of each of the categories of settings

    B. Open the Settings dialog box: 1. Activate FastStone Capture, if it is not already active:

    a. Double click on the FastStone Capture icon on your desktop:

    (1) The FastStone Capture icon will appear in your System Tray

    (2) The Capture Panel will appear on your desktop: (a) Your Capture Panel may have some additional icons if you have already changed the

    default settings (b) I will discuss each of the icons on the Capture Panel as each one is used in this tutorial

    Digital Images - Basics & Beyond CD

    If you like this tutorial, you may want to consider purchasing the Digital Images - Basics & Beyond CD. This CD contains other image-related tutorials and copies of free programs related to working with digital images. You can purchase a copy of the CD for $10.00, plus $3.00 shipping and handling by sending your name and address:

    westerhoff@comcast.net

    You may pay for the CD after you receive it by enclosing your check in the stamped return envelope that will be provided along with your CD.

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    How To Capture Screen Shots Using FastStone Capture Version 5.2

    2. Open the Settings dialog box:

    a. Click on the Settings icon on the Capture Panel and a dropdown menu will appear b. Click on Settings and the Settings dialog box will appear - this graphic shows the default

    settings:

    C. View and/or Change the Settings: 1. Introduction:

    a. As you can see from the graphic shown above, there are seven different sets of Settings b. In this section, I will discuss each set of Settings

    2. The Capture settings: a. These are the settings that control some of FastStone Capture’s basic functions b. The various options seem to be self-explanatory c. Most people will not need to change any of these default settings d. Those who use FastStone Capture quite often and would like FastStone Capture to run

    minimized when Windows starts, can accomplish that by checking the first two checkboxes in this section

    e. For the purposes of this tutorial, I have accepted the default settings in this section 3. The DPI (PPI) setting:

    a. The default is to use the same PPI as the screen - this will be fine for most purposes b. The dropdown arrow at the end of the DPI box allows the user to select Custom settings that

    range from 96 to 600 PPI c. For the purposes of this tutorial, I have accepted the default settings

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    How To Capture Screen Shots Using FastStone Capture Version 5.2

    4. The Filename settings: a. This section determines the default Filename that FastStone Capture will use when you save your

    captured image as a file b. The options that are available in this section are quite comprehensive - you can even create your

    own “presets” c. Most people can just accept the default setting that looks like this:

    (1) You can click on the button to find out what all of those symbols mean (2) You can click on the dropdown arrow at the right end of the Filename box to select from a

    list of templates - If you do not create and save your own templates, only two choices will be presented

    (3) You can click on the button to create your own presets (4) You can create your default filename by typing your entry directly in the Filename Template

    box: (a) For example, I have typed “My Capture ###” in the Filename Template box - it looks like

    this: (b) Now, each time that I use FastStone Capture to save a captured image, the file’s name

    will be My Capture 001 et seq. (the number will increase by 1 each time I capture a new image)

    d. For the purposes of this tutorial, I will assume that you have accepted the default setting which will result in a filename that uses the current year, month, day, and time (hour, minute and second) - for example: When the capture is done on August 31, 2007, at 10:30 and 22 seconds, the file name will be 2007-08-31_103022 - this file naming method will result in a unique name for each file so there is no need to use a numbering sequence

    5. The Auto Save settings: a. These settings will be used when ever you use FastStone Capture’s Auto Save option (the Auto

    Save option will be covered shortly) b. If you do not make any changes to these settings:

    (1) The first time that you use the Auto Save option, you will be asked to complete the information in this section

    (2) If you subsequently use the Auto Save option again at a later time, the information that you supplied the first time will be used automatically

    (3) If you want to subsequently change the Auto Save settings, you will have to come to this section to accomplish that

    (4) I will assume that no changes have been made to this section and I will cover how to make the changes when we get to the section of this tutorial that covers the Auto Save option

    6. The Hotkey settings: a. FastStone Capture can be used by clicking with your mouse rather than by using the Hotkeys, so

    don’t get hung up on the concept of Hotkeys at this time. b. In the main section of this tutorial, I will describe how to u